Wednesday, May 22

Take a look at a few of my favorite design shops in NYC: John Houshmand, Michele Varian, Ochre, Aero for Thomas O'Brian

bring a little summer into your home,
with a visit to these stylish home design boutiques
in New York City's Nolita neighborhood
longing for this highback arm chair in Thornbird linen

Last week you may have read my post about an afternoon I spent visiting design shops with the Traditional Home magazine team, a group of designers and the brand newly announced 10 NewTrad designers. 
This later part of spring, as we are on the cusp of summer, is my favorite time of the year.  We anticipate long, sunny days, and the excitement of a the warmer weather make for a perfect time to do a little bit of shopping.  A complete overhaul of your home may not be necessary, but sometimes a few new accessories and/or fabrics, maybe a new pair of rock crystal lamps, or a sparkling new piece of furniture, can freshen up your home and prepare for the new season.  Check out a few boutiques we visited and some of my favorite pieces:

 Michele Varian
27 Howard Street
Michele Varian's intricately detailed new wallpaper collection comes in black, grey, bright and metallic colors, and in both detailed and geometric patterns.
Many of Varian's new wallpaper and fabric collections were created from her very own illustrations.  The collection was debuted last week at ICFF in New York City, and available on her website and store.
 I love it that each time I stop into the shop, there is completely new inventory,
creative vignettes and varying aesthetics . 
  we were treated to a delicious lunch at new Vegan restaurant,
The Butcher's Daughter
19 Kenmare Street 
 Ochre is a small space,
yet packed with style and gorgeous modern custom lighting,
as well as other unique pieces of furniture. 
The variety of crystal, modern lighting is fantastic! 
462 Broome Street
I am still trying to work these lamps into a summer client's scheme...stay tuned

There are many unusual and over-sized lighting fixtures at Ochre too!
 We walked over to Thomas O'Brien's flagship shop
419 Broome Street
It was inspiring to see his wide array of lighting stylized
in a two-story shop with furniture, rugs and accessories
 we had a special behind-the-scenes tour of Aero's design studio,
and glimpses of the just-completed plans of  a Pottery Barn kids
 O'Brien offers tabletop accessories as well,
and having just returned from Highpoint
his glassware was on display. 

 Aero for Thomas O'Brien offers complete turn-key interior design service, 
and while we met with the team they were preparing for a
large, new home to be unveiled for Memorial Day weekend in the Hamptons.

31 Howard Street, 2nd floor
 we had the pleasure to meet with John Houshmand in person above the urban noise and in a serene space on the second floor of his showroom.  The beautiful handcrafted natural wood pieces are intriguing.  Houshmand explained to us that each and every piece can be made in a variety of materials from metal to Lucite.  A few of his items will be showcased at both designer showhouses in the Hamptons this summer, so stop back to see me profile them here on Nest. 
In addition to his furniture collections,
Houshmand offers a musical sound system
that creates soothing music from his crafted wooden structures. 

 Function Desk
is one of my favorite pieces
mixing both wood and Lucite,
like a ying and yang of sensibilities, resulting in a gorgeous piece of furniture
60" x 36"x 31"

 Stop back next week for more design finds
Happy Nesting XO

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